Quality Working Group Focus

The Quality concept represents the parameters that can be used to characterise and evaluate the content and behaviour of a Digital Library. Quality can be associated not only with each class of content or functionality but also with specific information objects or services. Some of these parameters are objective in nature and can be measured automatically, whereas others are subjective in nature and can only be measured through user evaluations (e.g. focus groups).
Source: Digital Library Manifesto in the Digital Library Reference Model (V1.0), p. 21.


Experts contributing to the Quality Working Group:

  • Genevieve Clavel-Merrin, Senior Manager, Swiss National Library
  • Nicola Ferro, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Sarah Higgins, Standards Adviser, Digital Curation Centre, UK
  • René van Horik, Program Manager, Data Archiving & Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands
  • Wolfram Horstmann, CIO Scholarly Information, Bielefeld University, Germany
  • Sarantos Kapidakis, Professor of Informatics, Department of Archives & Library Services, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
  • Dirk Roorda, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands - in 2009
  • Seamus Ross, Dean of the faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Tefko Saracevic, Professor at the School of Communication, Information & Library Science, Rutgers University, U.S.
  • Giuseppina Vullo, Researcher, Humanities Advanced technology & Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

DL.org resources available:
Tech Wiki on Quality.
The Digital Library Reference Model, V1.0.
Interoperability Booklet produced for the 1st DL.org Workshop, October 2009.
Position statements on the current version of the Reference Model and investigations into interoperability from a multi-layered perspective can be posted through the Open Forum on our Tech Wiki.